Family of child on life support wants justice

July 10, 2011 3:37:27 PM PDT
It's an apparent tragic end to a young life that had barely begun.

The family of 3-year-old Jaquinn Brewton tells Action News the boy will be taken off life support tomorrow.

"My nephew is a wonderful little boy and he didn't deserve this at all," Jaquinn's aunt Michelle Brewton said Sunday afternoon.

As Jaquinn's family prepares for his passing, they want to know why the guardian caring for him is not behind bars.

"The hospital said the cause of his death - he's been molested, burnt and beaten over and over again," Michelle said.

Relatives learned of the tragedy on June 29th.

Medics were called to a Southwest Philadelphia apartment after the guardian claimed the 3-year-old fell down some steps and suffered a life threatening head injury.

"You can't get brain dead from falling down the steps," Jaquinn's mother Ashley Brewton said.

Police sources confirm Jaquinn suffered several burns to his legs and lower body, but the guardian claims they were accidental.

Investigators are awaiting the official report from medical experts to determine if the boy was sexually abused and before any charges can be filed.

"I'm not doing well; I'm trying to hold on for my other kids and my family. So I still got to stay strong," Ashley said.

Jaquinn's mother was living in a homeless shelter at the time of the incident with her four other children.

Jaquinn was left with the family friend.

Ashley Brewton says she tried to visit her son several times over the past few months, but was denied access to them.

She and other relatives wonder if they could've done more to save the little boy.

"I want some justice done and I will fight until the end for my nephew in the right way," Michelle said.